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Adobe Illustrator has long been a popular vector–based drawing program, but for many the learning curve is steep. In Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals, author and leading industry expert Deke McClelland shows users how to get in to the Illustrator mindset and overcome this learning curve. He covers the application's key features in a new way, making it simple and easy to master Illustrator. Deke teaches viewers how to use the core drawing and shape tools, the transformation and reshaping features, text, and the Pen tool. He also explains how to export and print. Even if learning Illustrator has been a struggle in the past, this training can help make sense of it. Exercise files accompany the course.
We are going to start things out by looking at a few Preferences settings; by no means, all of the Preference Settings, you will be glad to know. Just the ones I think matter most, the ones that I feel like are set wrong by default actually and this is an opportunity you and I to get on the same page-- wait this is Illustrator, for you and I to get on the same artboard. Anyway, go up to the Edit menu, choose Preferences and then choose General. On the Mac, you go to the Illustrator menu, choose Preferences and choose General or you can use the tried and true universal keyboard shortcut for getting to the Preferences command. This is universal that is throughout all the Adobe applications and that's Ctrl+K on the PC or Command+K on the Mac and that will bring up the General panel of the Preferences dialog box right here.
Now most of these guides are really tweaky options and as I say I'm not going into them right now, or I'll come back to them later. Only going to visit the stuff that I think is set wrong by Default, for example, Keyboard Increment. Now the notion behind the Keyboard Increment is that when an object is selected, you can nudge it from the keyboard by pressing one of the arrow keys and by default, you are going to nudge that item 'one point' or if you press Shift along with an arrow key, you will nudge it 10 times an increment. So ten points. And that is true even if you are working in a different Unit of Measure. Starts off one point by default. That's a lot of movement. When you are zoomed in, that means you are really moving the object all over the place.
I prefer to work with a smaller unit of measure, I go with 0.2 and if you are working in some other unit of measure other than point, then you want to say 0.2 and then pt, like this, to indicate points and that means a fifth of a point, so that's a very tiny unit of measurement. That's a fifth of a seventy second of an inch. So very small increments. See, the thing is you can't go down. You can't get any finer with this keyboard increment. That's why I said, it's so fine by default and then if you want bigger movements, if you want two point movements, for example, then you need to press Shift along with an arrow key and you will get two point movement.
So always 10X with the Shift key down. So anyway, that's what I recommend, nothing else inside of this panel needs to be changed. I'll mention this button here. Throughout Illustrator, you will receive alert messages in response to your various activities and the more nettlesome ones, they have a little Don't show again check box at the bottom of them, so that you can say please don't ever show up again but sometimes you are going to want to bring them back, after you say Don't show again, it's often very difficult to get them to come back and again if a new user is using your machine and you want them to get a sense of what's going on. Or if you just find yourself missing a warning because it was like well it's so irritating to have it completely door you, sometimes that happens. Then you can click on Reset All Warning Dialogs and that way every single one of those Alert messages will be revived and will come back. So that's just a click, then it happens just before one before you click at that, that's what you are going to do.
All right, let's click Next. It is what I really want to click. I didn't click Reset All Warnings, let's click Next to go the next item here in the list as you can see and that's Selection & Anchor Display. Now I'll start by just mentioning you can change the way that points--, these are anchor points inside of a path and control handles are displayed. If you don't know what those are, don't worry about it, we are of course going to come to it later. But basically, you are allowed to change the appearance of your anchor points and your control handles because they look different inside of other applications.
So if you are coming to this program for free hand and you want everything to look the same way it does in free hand, then you can select this guy right here. If you are coming from CorelDraw and so on, you may want to change these settings as well. I am working with the default settings. I just want you to see that. So tiny little anchor points and even smaller handles that are around, that are off to the sides here. Highlight Anchors on mouse over is a great option I think. That allows you to easily find your anchor points inside of your illustration and we will be using that feature, so leave that on. Its not a big deal but I recommend you go ahead and turn on Show Handles when multiple anchors are selected, that means you are going to see control handles all over the place and you may find that, that kind of gets in your face and so you can always turn it off, but it also gives you a better sense of how your path is constructed when we start constructing paths which you will see.
And your Snap to Point is fine the way it is right now. When you bring one point within two pixels, green pixels, that is to say of another point, then they are going to snap together. Which is a great thing. This determines how closely you need to get to a path or point to select it. Three is fine. Here is the guy I really want you to change. Object Selection by Path Only, the deal is by default you can just click in the middle of a shape. Just click it's Fill and you will select it. So that's the easiest thing to do, right? That way you don't have to get your cursor exactly aligned to the Path Outline. The problem is as your illustration is getting more and more complicated, its more and more problematic to try to select through the various shapes, two shapes below and so if you limit the selection to just the Path Outline, which is the outline around the shape, then you are going to be selecting with a lot better control and you are going to be able to follow along with me a heck of lot better.
So I just you turn that check box on. That's good for now, that's all we are going to do in this exercise. In the next exercise, we are going to check out some more Preference Settings including Scratch Disk and Appearance of Black. Stay tuned.
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